A year ago, Pacheco came one spot away from qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters cross country meet after placing 11th in the Division IV race in Frogtown.
On Saturday the Panthers will return to Subsections fresh off a second-place finish at the Western Athletic Conference finals -- but will compete in Division III this year.
Pacheco is led by Ryan Salcido, who placed third in the WAC race with a 17-minute, 0 second performance. Salcido placed 24th at last year's D-IV race on the hilly course at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Frogtown, setting an 18-minute pace along with teammate Samuel Regalado, who finished alongside him to take 23rd (Regalado placed ninth at the WAC race at 18:10).
Salcido set a personal best earlier this season with a 16:49 at Livingston.
"There is a lot of work to do, and time to drop to achieve these dreams," Pacheco coach Gerald Wall said via email.
Last year's Los Banos boys were led by Louis Navarro and Joe Cortez, but both have graduated, leaving Christian Beltran as the top runner. Beltran was 127th in last year's D-III race with a 19:38 time.
The Tigers have switched places with Pacheco, dropping from D-III to D-IV.
The Los Banos girls team won the WAC championship, led by twins Brittney and Nicole Berek, who took third (21.50) and fourth (21:51) respectively.
"I'm incredibly proud of the girls, and we're looking forward to subsections," Los Banos coach Elizabeth Stonegrove said after the LB girls won league. "And I'm really looking forward to the future, because we have no seniors."
Pacheco's girls fell to fourth at the WAC meet, with Daysi Rivas placing sixth (22:00) to lead the way.
The top 10 teams at the Subsection meet will advance to the SJS Masters meet, Nov. 10 in Folsom.
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